The clock is ticking at worldometers! 8 billion people as of January 2, 2023, at 8:15 on the east coast of the United States. As for the US, “DEC. 29, 2022 — As the nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the U.S. population will be 334,233,854 on Jan. 1, 2023.”
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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Statistics: 2022 Update
6% or 3 in every 50 American adults will have gone through PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives .
The leading cause of PTSD is sexual violence at 33%, with 94% of rape victims developing symptoms of PTSD during the first two weeks after their traumatic experience  .
PTSD is most prevalent among American adults between the ages of 45 and 49 years old at 9.2% .
Women have a lifetime PTSD prevalence rate of 9.7%, compared to 3.6% in men .
Civilian women have a lifetime prevalence rate of 8%, compared to 13.4% among military women .
11% to 23% of veterans have experienced PTSD within a given year .
About 17.2 veterans die by suicide each day, with veterans being 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than civilians .
3 in 10 or 30% of the first responders have PTSD .
6 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy can help ease symptom severity by about 50% in 21% to 46% of patients with PTSD .
People with PTSD who use cannabis for their symptoms are 2.57 times more likely to recover from this condition .
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an intense, uncontrollable emotional and physical reaction to a reminder of a traumatic event or distressing memories . This abnormal response to triggers can last for days and even years after the harrowing incident or traumatic event.
Think about what that all means to people in the US, as well as around the world. For all we know about PTSD and the results of the causes, we will never know how many people have PTSD. There are far too many that will not be diagnosed and never enough people to be able to diagnose and treat the survivors. As long as we keep doing a lousy job of letting people know what PTSD is, why they have it, and give them hope, as well as a way to heal, we will keep seeing the suffering that does not have to happen.
Take the information you just learned and try an experiment on your own. Ask a friend or family member what they know about PTSD. If the response you get is the same one I’ve gotten for the last 40 years, they will say it is something veterans get. While we know that is not true, we know that they are the only group reporters want to cover. Even fewer reporters want to cover those serving today as if that makes sense to them. Why bother to report on when the events take place?
The clock is ticking around the world on the population of the planet but it is also ticking on the time lost when people survive what others do to them, but they don’t have someone doing something for them.
If you are contemplating a field in mental health, God bless you because the world needs more people like you!
Kathie Costos author of Ministers Of The Mystery series